With the VH1 Fashion Awards in New York and a benefit in L.A., the stars got to be hip and helpful.

By Dave Karger
Updated November 06, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

It was an east coast-west coast dustup — but it had nothing to do with gangstas. On Oct. 23, Hollywood was divided by bicoastal social events. In New York, the magnificent gathered at the Theater at Madison Square Garden for the VH1 Fashion Awards. (Presenter Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who wore a beaded Armani ensemble, estimated her primping time as ”15 days. There’s a lot of pressure. It’s the Fashion Awards.”) In Beverly Hills, the munificent turned up at the Beverly Hilton for the Carousel of Hope benefit, a dinner and celebrity auction to raise money for children’s diabetes research. While MSG was diva central (attendees included Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Sean ”Puffy” Combs, and Madonna — who sported not one, not two, but three different ensembles), the Hilton was ”old school” — or so said guest Jenny McCarthy, whose one-sleeved Versace gown and mermaid-style crimped hair made her look like she got lost on her way to the VH1 awards. ”I try to add a little edge,” noted the Candie’s girl, ”because God, do they need it. I am so sick of Viagra bottles flying everywhere.” Other guests included Sylvester Stallone, Celine Dion, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, and Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter. Then there were the featured stars: One coast had Ellen DeGeneres; the other, Ed McMahon. Do we need to say who was where?

(Additional reporting by Shawna Malcom and Jessica Shaw)